KZF Design Inc. is buying and renovating a turn-of-the-century office building, on Broadway at Seventh and Eighth streets Downtown, for its new headquarters. KZF expects to move into the $6 million, 36,000-square-foot space in summer 2009.

Brand and advertising company Strata-G Communications moved its headquarters from Court Street to the Second National Bank Building at Ninth and Main streets Downtown. The agency has 60 employees and saw 20 percent growth in 2007.

Convergys Corp. announced a new, five-year agreement to provide customer support to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which is fielding a high volume of calls about the tumultuous banking industry. The Convergys contract is with Apptis Inc., the primary call center contractor with the FDIC.

Cincinnati printer SpringDot bought the commercial printing and specialty finishing divisions of fellow Cincinnati printer, Steinhauser Inc. The deal will allow SpringDot to expand its full-service commercial printing operation. Steinhauser will focus on its packaging print solutions segment, which it retained and plans to expand.

The Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors honored Rebecca Weber with its Good Neighbor Award. In addition to other community service, the Fort Mitchell-based Huff Realty realtor teaches a class in Covington called Yes You Can, which helps first-time homebuyers with financial planning and down payments.

The Kentucky Association of Realtors awarded its 2008 Distinguished Service Award to David Schoepf, chairman of Schoepf Associates of Fort Thomas and a 50-year industry veteran. Schoepf is a past president of KAR and was the first Realtor of the Year for the Campbell County Board of Realtors. The association elected Jeff Smith, a Star One Realtor in Fort Mitchell, as its 2009 president. A 33-year real estate veteran, Smith served on the board from 1994 to 2001, and again from 2005 to 2008. Janie Wilson, a Sibcy Cline agent in Fort Mitchell, and Paul Fox of Sibcy Cline in Cold Spring, are both at-large directors on the KAR board this year, while Jennifer Harris of Re/Max Affiliates in Florence is Region 5 director.

Cincinnati native Peter Joseph joined the retail brokerage team of Midland Retail, a developer based in Montgomery. He will focus on landlord and tenant representation. Joseph previously worked for Colliers International. He is a co-owner of the Goddard School in Madisonville.

The Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. won the 2008 Impact Award from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. NAIOP President Jim Neyer cited 3CDC’s work in turning Fountain Square into a city focal point, saying, “The people at 3CDC have redefined what being an ‘impact’ organization is.”

Dr. Rebecca White, the director of the Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship Institute at Northern Kentucky University, was elected vice president for programming for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit organization that focuses on entrepreneurship education and economic development.

Xavier University senior account major Dawn Wright became the first undergraduate student to receive a scholarship, worth $1,500, from the Tax Executives Institute, an organization composed of professionals responsible for taxation matters on an administrative or policy-making level.

The University of Cincinnati’s Model United Nations team was one of four schools to win top honors at the American Model United Nations event in Chicago. Sixteen UC students attended the competition, which featured more than 1,400 students from more than 90 colleges and universities. UC won the award for “Best Overall Delegation.”

Mark DiStasi started his tenure as the College of Mount St. Joseph’s new vice president for institutional advancement. DiStasi, who previously worked for The E. W. Scripps Co., will direct the areas of development, alumni relations, communications and marketing, and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet. He is working on a master’s degree in organizational leadership at the college.

Miami University doctoral student Molly Mehling was awarded a nature photography scholarship, worth up to $1,500, from the North American Nature Photography Association. Mehling was one of 12 recipients selected to attend the 2009 NANPA Summit in Albuquerque, N.M., which is considered the premiere nature photography conference in North America.

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